Fear Not! Why You Should Be Courageous in spite of Fear.
Fear is a vital response to physical and emotional danger—if we didn’t feel it, we couldn’t protect ourselves from legitimate threats. But often we fear situations that are far from life-or-death, and thus hang back for no good reason. Traumas or bad experiences can trigger a fear response within us that is hard to quell. Yet exposing ourselves to our personal demons is the best way to move past them. (www.psychologytoday.com) However, one important aspect of all these definitions is that it is all “PERCEIVED” – a thing of the mind! Fear in human beings may occur in response to a specific stimulus occurring in the present, or in anticipation or expectation of a future threat perceived as a risk to body or life. The fear response arises from the perception of danger leading to confrontation with or escape from/avoiding the threat (also known as the fight-or-flight response), which in extreme cases of fear (horror and terror) can be a freeze response or paralysis.
Since it is all perceived – a construct of the mind, one can defeat fear only through the mind! What do you believe in? How does your belief help you in times of fearful situations? Courage comes in. Courage is not the absence of fear but the ability to go on, to hold on, in spite of fear. BE NOT AFRAID because, no matter what your situation is now, God KNOWS about it and has a plan for it. Hold on to God! He says:
“Fear not, for I am with you;
Be not dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you,
Yes, I will help you,
I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.”
Isaiah 41:10 New King James Version (NKJV)